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Cost of rehab for downtown rail bridges placed at $59 million

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Rehabilitation of the two downtown Middlebury rail bridges would cost an estimated $59 million, a sum that would exceed the projected expense of the current plan to replace those spans with a concrete tunnel. Replacing the Merchants Row and Main Street rail bridges with more elaborate bridges that rise would cost even more.

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Vergennes aldermen set hearing on new zoning laws

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday accepted updated zoning regulations from the city’s planning commission and scheduled a public hearing on the changes for 7 p.m. on Oct. 27. The council must hold at least one hearing before adopting the new zoning laws.

Planners held a lightly attended public hearing on Monday, after which City Manager and Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley said they made two changes to the updated law, one minor move to clarify language and another to correct what he called an oversight.

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Students lead Mount Abe compost effort

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — The newly christened “Fort Compost” looks solid as a rock.

The 28-foot long, 14-foot wide, 6-foot high steel-and-concrete construction behind Mount Abraham Union High School represents seven years of student initiative, over $12,000 in fundraising and a new generation’s vision of a better, more sustainable world.

From start to finish, the student-led Environmental Action Group planned, built and funded the facility, which was formally opened at a ceremony last Friday.

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Panton moving forward with culverts as state studies farm runoff

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Panton road foreman Rick Cloutier is planning next week to install new culverts at an intersection near Lake Champlain, an action he can now take after town and state officials agreed at a September meeting that the culverts themselves are not contributing to potential lake pollution, said Panton selectboard members.

That meeting, triggered by a citizen letter to state officials, has led to a study of agricultural runoff issues in the area, Panton officials said.

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Playground lawsuit is costing Vergennes money

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The city of Vergennes has spent $3,900 defending itself against a lawsuit involving its failed attempt to build a quarter-acre preschool playground next to the city’s East Street swimming pool, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen on Tuesday night, and will soon be on the hook for another $1,000 to $1,500.

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Visual artist Kolb receives grant for poetry and art exhibit

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ISLAND POND —The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to The Vermont Folklife Center and visual artist Kathleen Kolb to help fund “Shedding Light on the Working Forest,” a traveling exhibition.

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From West Africa to slavery in the Deep South to white Vermont, Beck book weaves the tale

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) founder Jane Beck promised Daisy Turner back in the mid-1980s that she would write a book on Turner’s gripping stories about her family’s odyssey from West Africa, through slavery, to a life of freedom and self sufficiency in the small community of Grafton, Vt.

Now 27 years removed from Daisy Turner’s death at the age of 104, Beck has finally made good on her pledge to her late friend, a master storyteller and the daughter of a slave.

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Report offers details on trooper's death

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Elizabeth Hewitt VTDigger.org



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VERMONT — The Vermont State Police this week issued a report on the circumstances of a trooper’s death during a training exercise this month.

Trooper Kyle Young, 28, of Monkton died suddenly of heatstroke during a Sept. 17 tryout exercise at a firing range in Jericho.

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Sukkot festival reunites people with the land

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — The second annual Sukkot on the Farm festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, at New Leaf Organic Farm, 4818 Bristol Road, in Bristol.

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Team discusses moving bus stop and parking during RR bridge project

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A local management team for a rail bridges project in downtown Middlebury heard about and discussed various cost estimates at a Tuesday meeting.

The team also discussed:

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